Pair Pulled From Vehicle Stuck in Big Wheeling Creek

The Wheeling Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team on Tuesday pulled two people from a vehicle stuck in the middle of Big Wheeling Creek at Stacey Crossing.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said the driver, identified as Frank McCardle, attempted to cross the creek but the water apparently was too high, causing the vehicle to stall out. The identity of the second individual was not known Tuesday.

“The gentleman attempting to cross the creek called 911 from the car after the water got deeper than he expected,” he said.

Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Cecil said McCardle was on his way to pick his child up from Hilltop Elementary and did not want to travel around Big Wheeling Creek and through Bethlehem.

“He thought he could take a shortcut and cross the creek,” Cecil said. “He got two-thirds of the way there.”

Cecil and Hart said it is not uncommon for motorists to cross the creek in that area when the water is lower.

Cecil said though during the summer months the water can be less than one foot deep, the creek bed is full of large holes and rocks.

He said the water was about four feet deep Tuesday.

“It was running pretty quick and pretty high, and it totalled the vehicle,” Cecil said.

In addition to emergency management officials, members of the Sherrard and Mt. Olivet volunteer fire departments waited on the side of the creek while Ohio County sheriff’s deputies, members of the Stone Church Volunteer Fire Department and the swift water rescue team worked the other side. A tow truck from Middle Creek Garage assisted in pulling the car and its passengers to safety.

Cecil said no injuries were reported, and no charges would be filed.